Stalking and HarassmentDate published: 22 March 2023 11:40
What is Stalking?
Stalking is a pattern of fixated, obsessive, unwanted and repetitive behaviour that causes a victim to fear for their safety.
This behaviour could include unwanted contact in person, over the phone, online or on social media platforms.
Stalking takes many forms and can involve threats, criminal damage, following or spying on someone.
You can be stalked by someone you know, such as an ex-partner, or you could be stalked by a stranger.
Stalking is a crime- and it can happen to anyone.
As a force, we are committed to tackling this type of crime wherever we find it. There are many ways we can put a stop to this behaviour, including prison sentences, restraining orders and other penalties.
If you are suffering, or you think a loved one might be, please know that you are not alone. You do not have to put up with it. We are here to help and support you.
How can I get help if I am being stalked?
If you are being stalked, please do not suffer in silence and please do not be ashamed. It is always the offender who is to blame.
Speak to someone you trust and report what is happening to you.
To report stalking or harassment to police, call 101 or 999 in an emergency, or report online using our online reporting portal.
We also work closely with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust who have resources, help and advice on the Suzy Lamplugh Trust website.
They also run the National Stalking Helpline – 0808 802 0300 or you can make a referral on their website.
You can also speak to Paladin - the National Stalking Advocacy Service